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It's time for another Stencil Test Drive from Jessica Sporn. Today I'm playing along with Jessica, Michelle Rydell, Natasha May, Carolyn Dube, Maria McGuire, Janet Joehlin, and Kirsten Reed.

This time we're using the Hands stencil:


I knew from the moment the stencil arrived in the mail that I wanted to use those fingers as reminders, so I stenciled them with jet black Archival Ink onto a few layered art journal pages.  Next I punched holes for the thread and tied on my reminder strings. The quote is from Mark Twain.
An internet search tells me:
<<< It's a little known fact that the nerves that define your sense of touch on your index fingers are the ones with the quickest connections routed directly to the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory. Tying a ribbon around theindex finger means you constantly have a texture that's activating those nerves and thus keeping that part of the brain in alpha (high activity) mode. If you tie the ribbon (or wear a ring on your index finger, or any such apparatus) at the very moment you are trying to memorize something you mustn't forget later on, it associates that brain activity with said memory, keeping that pathway almost exclusively as a conduit for that memory.>>>
I wanted to balance the heaviness of the solid black stenciling, so I pulled out a wonderful thin Hexagon die from Sizzix.
I used the new Xyron® 3” Sticker Maker (which is actually RECYCLABLE ~~~~ Gooooooo, Xyron!!!!) to apply adhesive to the hexagon diecut:
And the Xyron® Adhesive Eraser to remove any excess. You have to love a machine that'll apply adhesive to such thin lines.
I'm saving those cut-off pieces for another project. Thanks for the visit!

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  1. Buttons on October 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

    The depth of colour you get in your backgrounds never fails to amaze me and works as the perfect foil to the stencilling. Jenny x

  2. kathy/NorthCarolina on September 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Love this piece, Marjie! The hands reaching into the center make such a nice frame for the sentiment. Beautiful colors!

  3. Helen Tilbury on September 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Very cool indeed!! Love the info & strings on the fingers!!

  4. Meihsia Liu on September 29, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Oh…. Marjie, these journal pages are so beautiful!! I love the hand stencil. And your use of the colors on the background is awesome! Thank you for sharing this great creation. :)

  5. Kay Wallace on September 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Just before I left home for the campground on Friday, I received my two replacement cartridges for my 5″ Xyron, and can now use it again!!! Yeah! I also want to say that I do love Jessica’s “Helping Hands” stencil and have to add that to my next order. It just seems so versatile in its applications! Lastly, I have to say that I love your creation here. It so reminds me of what my mother told me…eh…on more that one occasion: “You can always remember the truth, it is more difficult to remember a lie!” Mwah!

  6. Sandra Mouwen on September 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Marjie, I so love your style. I know I say it all the time, but I just want you to know it! It’s so unique and it sets you apart. These pages are no different! Perfect! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  7. Tammy Churchill on September 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! My Grandmother used to tell us kids that and it has always stuck with me. Be Blessed.

  8. butterfly on September 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    How fascinating about that memory connection with the index finger… I certainly know about how learning lines gets laid down in connection with the moves around the stage, and gets to where you sometimes need to do the moves in order to retrieve the words!!

    Wonderful pages, as ever, Marjie – with all your usual fabulous use of colour and depth through those layers.
    Alison xx

  9. JKW on September 28, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Amazing, I didn’t realize that about fingertips. I always (when doing a portrait) run my fingers (eyes closed) around the persons face. I love the creativity of your art. Blessings, Janet PPF

  10. Monica Lowrance on September 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    looking really cool !!! I don’t have the 3″. I have the X little guy.

  11. becky voth on September 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Cute, cute, cute! I love the added touch of the strings! Very clever!

  12. Carmen Lucero on September 27, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Love the quote and the trivia about memory! Now that I seem to forget almost everything, I’m going to try this method – can you just see me with ribbons tied around my index fingers! But the experts know it works! I had an aunt that lied about so many things, I often wondered how she kept track – must have had ribbons on her fingers, ha!

    Carmen L

  13. Claudine C. on September 27, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Beautiful page Marjie. I love the little strings tied around the fingers and your quote is one of my favorites! Definitely something to live by.

  14. Jean on September 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Love your use of the new hands stencil!

  15. Mo,nica on September 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Oh dear….very impressing that you sent a note to me. I’m grateful !!! Thank you so much !!!!
    Hugs from sunny Spain

  16. Wanda Hentges on September 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    This is wonderful, Marjie!!!

  17. Gigi Black on September 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Oh yes, that hand stencil is GREAT. Love what you did with it.

  18. Maria McGuire on September 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you tied reminder strings around the fingers–VERY creative!!! I think it is interesting that we both used “truth” too :)

  19. Nancy Lee on September 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    With the string I guess that makes it 3-D!
    Nice colors, they almost look swimming…

  20. Denise s on September 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Live this. The stencil is great as are all the samples

  21. Janelle Rourke on September 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Love the layering in your background, and great idea for the string! Another fun use of the stencil. Thanks for sharing, and a chance to win.

  22. Linda K on September 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    beautiful journal pages. I love how you added the strings to the fingers-very creative!

  23. Peggy L on September 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Marjie, you are sooooo right! If you tell the truth, you won’t have to remember anything. I wish more people in Washington could learn that, LOL.

  24. lynne on September 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    This has blown me away as it is your use of the stencil which is so inspirational and rather cute, tying string onto the fingers.
    Such a fabulous piece is this.

  25. Rita Montgomery on September 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Those hands are killer. Love, love the strings tied on….remind me to do this next time!!
    Thanks for the chance to win this clever stencil.
    [email protected]

  26. Pauline on September 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    That is another fabulous stencil – I can see that I am needing to have some on-line retail therapy myself, as these are not available in my country :-) Beautiful work as always Marjie!

  27. Silvia on September 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    A gorgeous page with great details.

  28. Anita Houston on September 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Love this stencil! The hands are wonderful on your brilliant blue! Gorgeous!

  29. Trece Wyman on September 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Wonderful use of these stencils!! The motto is also one of my favorites!!

  30. Renee Zarate on September 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Love it! The hands are very cool.

  31. julie on September 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    love the stencil – great variations!

  32. Anne R on September 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Such an original idea Marjie, love the idea of the string on the finger and thanks so much for that little explanation. I think I may have to go around permanently with string on my index finger! Your page is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

  33. Karenliz on September 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Love the page and that stencil.

  34. Sandy Lane on September 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

    clever ideas you shared tks

  35. Anna-Karin on September 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Fabulous page Marjie! Love the hands and the colours. The die cut is a perfect addition! Thank you for your sweet words! :)

  36. Barbara Ford on September 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This is a great use of this stencil, and your layering ALWAYS amazes me!

  37. Mo,nica on September 26, 2013 at 11:02 am

    As usual I LOVE your art work. Always fabolous and original. Love the way you combined the stencil and die cutting. Thanks Marjie for sharing. As alwYs when visiting your blog I feel inspired !
    Hugs from SPAIN

  38. Amante del Papel on September 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    is amazing page, the colors are wonderful!!!

  39. Gill on September 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Fabulous – I love the quote!

  40. Jessica Sporn on September 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Those strings around the fingers are so great — thank you for the explanation too! Love all the inky goodness on this page. Great quote as well! Thank you so much for being part of the test drive!

  41. Linda Kittmer on September 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I love your page! I wish I had know about that index finger memory trick in high school when I had to memorize Shakespearean soliloquies!

  42. Janet on September 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Great quote to use! This turned out great Marjie. Beautiful layers of many stencils… and I love those hexagons!

  43. Valerie Gilreath on September 26, 2013 at 8:42 am

    This is a great layout — so bold, and yet so delicate. The strings around the fingers are a great detail. Thank you for another inspiring example of how to use this stencil.

  44. Leslie on September 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Oh I like this one!! The blues are especially beautiful. Those hands…the more I see the more i want:)

  45. Carolyn Dube on September 26, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Love this! Brilliant idea to tie a string on the fingers! Love all the symbolism here!

  46. Julie Tucker-Wolek on September 26, 2013 at 7:55 am

    This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love the colors, the hands and that QUOTE is PERFECTION!!!!!

  47. Corrine on September 26, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Great spread and some education too – gotta love it. xox

  48. Denise Spillane on September 26, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Nice piece. I love those punched pieces too.

  49. Astrid on September 26, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Gorgeous and I have to say those hexagon pieces loo fabulous!

  50. Brenda Brown on September 26, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Love the reminder fingers, such a neat idea and you have created wonderful depth with the masking as always.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  51. Michelle LaPoint Rydell on September 26, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Margie – those little strings around the fingers are fabulous! What a creative use of the stencil! Love the colors and quote too!